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this morning on "early today," troubled waters. new concerns another leak has sprung in the gulf oil rig disaster. breaking the gridlock. financial reform clears a big hurdle in the senate as republican opposition weakens. and failure to launch. a research balloon with a multimillion-dollar payload wipes out in australia. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hi, everybody, and good morning. i'm thomas roberts. today we begin with an epic environmental emergency as desperate crews use fire to fight a massive oil spill
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threatening the gulf coast. officials have discovered a new leak. they now estimate it's pumping five times more than they originally not. meanwhile that spreading slick is 20 miles offshore. nbc's leanne gregg reports. >> reporter: late wednesday, word things have gotten worse. >> late this afternoon while monitoring the blowout preventer area, which we've done continuously since the event began, we discovered a new point of leak. >> reporter: a second leak in a pipe already spewing thousands of gallons of oil into the gulf of mexico. already robot submarines have been able to shut off the first leak, prompting a dramatic move, lighting the oil on fire. >> bp successfully complete add controlled burn designeded to remove large quantities of oil from open water. >> reporter: it's part of a massive effort since last week's drilling disaster off the
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louisiana coast that left 11 people missing and presumed dead. if the well can't be closed more than 4 million gallons of oil could be spread into the gulf. the rig's operator, british petroleum, plans to drill a relief well to take pressure off the blowout site, but that could take months. the slick is now 20 miles from the mouth of mississippi covering an expanding area 50 to 80 miles wide. if it washes to shore it could cover birds and white sandy beach land. it could be devastating to fishermen. >> the perfect storm coming together with the winds and the surf changing and them not being able to control the spread of the oil. >> reporter: as efforts to contain the damage continue, no one knows what the full impact from the explosion may be. leanne gregg, nbc news. in washington, the fourth time was a charm for democrats last night, breaking through a
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three-day republican filibuster against moving forward on the proposed overhaul of the nation's financial system. now both sides are gearing up to debate the details of financial regulation with the ultimate goal of preventing another economic crisis somewhere down the road. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: barack obama was in illinois, campaigning for his version of financial reform when republicans dropped their legislative blockade. >> it appears an agreement may be in hand to allow this debate to move forward on the senate floor on this critical issue. >> reporter: on this week's campaign-style midwest swing, the president's been sayi ining finreg would mean new regulation of wall street and new consumer role moves and say we need all that now. >> the bottom line is consumers have to be protected, we have to end bailouts, we have to make sure that these trading practices are out in the open.
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>> reporter: republicans agreed to move forward. >> i think we have a better starting place. >> this is very, very important to the american people. >> reporter: most republicans don't want another agency policing wall street and don't want another that would curb sales or cut jobs. >> bus what's being proposed is incredibly expansive. >> reporter: the turning point might have come when goldman sachs executives testified and denied wrongdoing. >> they think they can do anything they want and get away with it and that's the problem. the rules have got to be significantly tightened. we've got to reform wall street. >> reporter: now it heads to the senate floor. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, capitol hill. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. neighb neighbors on one storm rav average ld scene witnessed almost a wizard of oz. a tornado rip add home and dropped it literally 40 feet away in the middle of the street. the storm left a clear path of
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damage in its wake but left the home largely intact. is in colorado a hit and run. a small plane ran into trouble while landing hitting a sign and a car carrying two people on approach. after coming to a stop the pilot ran away eventually turning himself into authorities. fortunately nobody was injured. a rhode island fisherman caught a rare catch. look at this. a rare cacao lobster. it weighs approximately one pound and was sold to a wharf. there's no word whether or not he's going to end up on somebody's dinner plate though. and in florida, bobby the house kat is taking her moktderring duties very seriously,ing atting as a surrogate mom to three bobcats. they were brought in by a hunter and are being cared for by their foster mom. they're going to be returned to the wild in about a year. and now for a look at your national and regional weather,
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here's nbc meteorologist rah fieial. are we going to have an inspirational story? >> yes. we're dealing with nice weather across the eating. cool out west. we have had snow in new england in the past several days. this is a scene out of northern new england, parts of vermont, upstate new york picked up heavy yes amounts of snow, up to two feet in some spots. i'm sure a lot of us are sick of the snow, sick of the winter. good news is we're receiving a warm-up by the end of the week. this is not going to last long with the temperatures climb to the 80s by the weekend. high pressure across the northeast nice there. there's that snow exiting the northeast. pulling away. it is breezy and chilly as you start your day in new york city. 48 there. 44 in boston and we have 30s across the great lakes. later on this afternoon it's going go nice and mild in the city, finally climbing close to
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70 degrees in new york, 70 in d.c., 80 in dallas. there are the cool showers there. that's a look at your thursday forecast. now here's a look at the weather where you live. sunny skies in d.c. and a high temperature of 70 degrees. it's going to be a beautiful day in atlanta. temperatures getting close to 80 in some spots. 81 with sun. in nashville, watch out for some showers in denver. temperatures below average, only in the low 50s. thomas, back to you. >> as you pointed out, that warm-up in new england i'm sure can't come fast enough for most. >> we are ready. earnings buzz, pam gets gobbled. plus she finally speaks and tells all, actually even more than you might have expected. the bucks have one for the road, china's loss is america's gain, and a giant collapse in washington. you're watching e "e.t."
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welcome back to "early today." i'm thomas robbers. the supreme court refused to enter the removal of a lower court had found the cross violated a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion. but in yesterday's 5 to 4 ruling, the high court said the cross can stay with justice anthony kennedy wright, quote, the constitution does not oblige government to avoid any public acknowledgement of religion's role in society. florida governor charlie crist will reportedly announce today he's running as an independent for the senate in november's election. the expected switch sets the stage for an unprecedented three-way contest in florida with no real clear front-runner.
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egyptian forces have killed four palestinians in a tunnel used to smuggle goods in the gaza strip. the "associated press" reports that gas was pumped into the tunnel, one of the hundreds used to import goods, into the blockaded territory. and in australia, a science experiment went completely wrong when a massive space balloon broke from its mooring. the balloon, designed to study gamma rays in space barely missed onlookers. despite the mishap they're already planning for another launch next month. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,045. the s&p is gained 7 points. the nasdaq gained just a fraction. taking a look at overseas trading this morning in tokyo it was closed for the holiday. with markets already reeling over european debt, wall street
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managed to shake off new problems in spain yesterday, choosing instead to focus on upbeat news here at home. the federal reseven moved to keep interest rates at record low levels near zero for an extended period. while the fed noted the job market is looking up it will continue to prop it up until more americans find work. on the earnings front. healthy reports from comcast, the respected own over this network and dow chemical also boosted the mood on the street. meanwhile tough times are getting tougher at aol. thanks to a steep decline in ad sales, aol posted a first quarter loss that sent its shared tumbling 14%. it's the biggest loss to date since spinning off from a failed merger with time warner. speaking of tough times, toyota has issued yet another suv recall, this time for some 50,000 s2003 sequoias.
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toyota says some sequoias may be unable to speed up when necessary. big news at the end of the trading day. hewlett-packard swooping in to buy the struggling smarts phone pioneer palm. the $1.4 billion cash deal sent palm shares soaring in afterhours trade. reports out saying a big merger is coming between continental and united airlines. no word between either carrier but some say a deal might get done as early as friday. and finally it may seem like gas prices sky rocketed overnight but for one small town in alaska, they already did. push prices in the remote town rose to $9 a gallon overnight thanks to the high cost of flying in a new supply. well, the habs reach down deep for a game seven.
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milwaukee downs the hawks plus an olympic medal ten years late. marlon byrd shows he's in season form. your early morning headlines are straight ahead. we've got cool showers in the rockies. you're watching "early today."
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hi, everybody. good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports the washington capitals where the best team in the regular season but in the stanley cup playoffs the regular season is ancient history. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. if i were a betting man, i'd stay away from the nhl playoffs. the top three teams in the east are all going gofrling right now after the montreal canadiens knocked off the numb bun one seed washington capitals. montreal's goalie made 41 saves and pitched a shutout until the final minute. dominic moore added to tha league. the canadiens became the first number 8 seed in history to trail three games to one and come back to win. they advance with a 2-1 victory. they'll play the defending stanley cup penguins in next round. you can add another tally.
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the u.s. olympics team was awarded a bronze medal. china was stripped of their med aal after they learned a teammate was under age. boston and hawks. late fourth quarter. put milwaukee on top for the first time since the second quarter. then moments later he drilled a three from the corners. bucks rallied to win it. they lead the series 3 games to two. he nearly pulled anthony's pants off while trying to defend him. that didn't stop anthony. he kept things off with a two-handed wind millijapan. a 116-102 win. finally a catch to show you from the cubs/nationals game. high play from center. easy play for marlon byrd, right? wrong. lost it in the sun but somehow some way managed to make a backhanded grab. he put out his glove and came up
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with a ball. a great catch by marlon byrd who was winging it in center field. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. so which hoyle heavyweight is said to be steaming because sandra bullock knocked her out of the spotlight j your early morning headlines are straight ahead. plus one of these almost had his goose cooked until he landed in the perfect spot. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." we have another chilly start in the northeast with temperatures in the 30s and 40s but later on this afternoon we've got lots of sunshine all along 95 and temperatures climbing back into the 60s and 70s. the warm-up continues back into the 80s. upper 70s in new york city. watching a stormy day across the portions of the midwest and the west coast looks good for today and also tomorrow. friday's forecast for los angeles, 73 and sunshine, san fran, mid-60s. rain across the rockies. if you're watching us on wgal t v8 in lancaster, pennsylvania, learn how force fields can create stunning art and magnetic sculpture at the lancaster science factory. and that's your "early today" event of the day. rafael, listen to this. this is very important stuff. we're going to talk about sandra bullock, okay? it's this early morning look at the headlines in the
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entertainment history and a truly bombshell interview saying she's sad and scared. sandra bullock not only says she's divorcing the fill an dering husband that she has, jesse james but also that she's araising an adopted son. she told "people" she had no ideas of james' infidelities until she heard the story was coming out with a stay too mo l model. it was ten days after winning the oscar. she moved out, went into seclusion, and took her adopted son louis. they took custody in january but planned to keep it a secret until after the oscars. she named him after the jazz great louis armstrong. he said considering the pain and anguish i caused her it would be selfish not to let her go. get this. on the side ♪ julie roberts is positively seething that the bullock scoop knocked her off this week's
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schedule of 50 most beautiful cover. isn't that an entertainment rap. congratulations to her about her beautiful baby son. >> it's interesting for someone who's avoided the spotlight over the years all of a sudden she's everywhere. all right. well speaking of triumph, this next story comes to us from wcau nbc 10 in philadelphia where in nearby toms river one lucky duck landed in just the right yard. actually a canadian goose had been shot with a 26-inch hunter's arrow but couldn't have done better than ending in the backyard of a semiretired vet. he successfully removed the arrow and patching him up. the healthy little guy was released back into the wild. i'm thomas robert and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. -sure.s for coming back out.
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this is beyond cable. this is fios. it's over! montreal wins! >> what the capitals coach and players are saying after a devastating defeat. why the oil leak in the gulf is far worse than originally thought. >> a fitting tribute for an icon. dr. dor thigh height will be laid to rest. i'm joe krebz. >> welcome for this thursday april 29th, 2010. >> it is. >> just wanted to check.
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>> good morning. na flags are flying at half staff for dorothy height. hundreds of people packed the shy lot baptist church to honor a woman changed the lives of millions of americans. ♪ >> reporter: hundreds packed shiloh baptist church to here tributes for dorothy height, from former heads of state to her family. >> she was quietly persuasive. she whispered in the ears of presidents and kings and educators and social humanitarians. >> reporter: hillary clinton, who wore a hat for her mentor,

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